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Guest Chef Carly Phillips

I Share My Office
by Carly Phillips

Yes, that’s right.  I share my office.  Not with another writer, but with two dogs who think they own the place.  When I started writing, I began in our bedroom in a small corner.  The clicking noise kept my husband awake, so I moved to a small room off my baby’s bedroom.  Same problem.  Next stop? A corner in the kitchen where I put my massively large computer, but the space was MINE.  Over the years, if we moved houses, I carved out other areas that were mine alone.  I added a nik-nak or item that made the space seem personal and important to me.  And I kept at it.

These days, I have a full bedroom that is right off the master.  I have a desk that’s always messy and a recliner where I do my writing during the day.  In the evenings, I move to the bedroom and keep the laptop with me in the bed if I’m working.  I’ve long since given up a large computer in favor of a Macbook Air and it travels with me everywhere.

As for the dogs? One lays behind the recliner chair, the other lays on the floor in front of it.  Occasionally they chase each other around the office, or wrestle there.  The other day, the wheaten (the wheat colored one <g>) and the biggest one, jumped straight into my lap on top of the computer.  They know no boundaries and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Here are a few pics for your enjoyment.  I love my space and it helps me create.  But the lessonhere is you don’t need a room, you just need a corner to call your own.

Carly Phillip’s Bio

N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 30 romance novels with contemporary characters and small town settings that today’s readers identify with and enjoy.  She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom to two daughters (16 and20!) and two crazy dogs (a 1 year old Havanese named Brady and a 4 year old wheaten terrier named Bailey).  In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.   Carly lives in Purchase, New York and would love for you to like and follow her on the ‘Net!

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Maxine - May 9, 2012 - 6:24 am

Hi Carly,
Thanks for stopping by the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales! I really like your website and look forward to reading Karma – it sounds great! I agree, any corner will do to write, although, I admit, I really like my desk and all the mess around it.

Linsey Lanier - May 9, 2012 - 8:12 am

I usually write wherever I am, but I’m glad to have an office. But lately I’ve taken to writing in bed with my Acer. It’s nice and cozy. Love the pictures. Guess the lap jumper wanted to be part of your story. :) They must be adorable.

Marilyn Baron - May 9, 2012 - 8:46 am


We’re so glad to have you as a guest on our blog. I loved reading about your office and seeing pictures of you and the dogs. They’re so cute. I especially love the one of your dog with you at the computer. My dog died a couple of years ago but she used to follow me everywhere I went. She was really a great companion. They’re great to have around. I have a separate office, which I guess was supposed to be a bedroom. It’s downstairs, down the hall from the kitchen, which is very dangerous because it’s easy to wander over and get snacks. But I can look out the window and see deer and squirrels and birds and it’s great. Thanks again for visiting us.

Sandra Elzie - May 9, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Hi Carly,
For more years than I care to admit to, I shared an office w/ my husband…and even shared a computer in the beginning. (I wrote long-hand & begged time on the computer to transcribe my stories)

Things are much better now. I have a computer in my office & two laptops, plus an Alpha Smart, but the thing I love the most is my own office. It has feminine decor…plants, candles, pictures, a tabletop waterfall…and, yes, my favorite feline…Jack. He’s the one in the house who think he owns my space.

Tami Brothers - May 9, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Hi Carly! I love this look into your office. Your dogs sound like a kick. Too much fun. I haven’t done the laptop in bed yet. But I think I might give it a try when I’m trying to finish up something and hubby wants to spend some together time watching TV when I don’t particularly want to watch what he’s watching.

My computer is currently in the living room. My typing doesn’t bug them so much as the TV drawing my attention away from my writing. I’m definitely going to have to look into my own writing space at some point in time. :)

Thanks a ton for blogging here today.

Tami :alien:

Sia Huff - May 9, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Hi Carly,
I saw you speak at Nationals here in Atlanta, about 4 years ago. You said how you could write anywhere and could block anything out. I was so jealous. I need quiet to create.
I had to get up and leave your talk early, as I’d had surgery a couple of months previous & needed the ladies room. Your editor was there and gave me a look that I use on unruly students when I substitute teach. I felt so bad. So here is my offical apology. I’m sorry :( It wasn’t because I was too jealous. No really.
Glad you have your own space now and the kids aren’t running around. Just the animals. Wishing you continued success.

Pamela Mason - May 9, 2012 - 6:22 pm

Hi Carly!
I think it’s great you move around with your MacBook and create your stories. We had a dining room that only got used twice a year, so we sold the table and chairs, and my husband built a desk for me. Now I write facing out the front window onto my neighbor’s house, so she calls me her personal Gladys Kravitz when I see anything out of the ordinary over there!*grin* And I’m central to my own 16 & 20 year olds (two sons), the tv in the great room (where my husband can be found) and the kitchen (of course)!
No dogs, but a silly old cat who likes to look out the window with me and daydream – except she snores.
Enjoyed your visit here today!

Pam Asberry - May 9, 2012 - 6:30 pm

I enjoyed your post very much, Carly! I bought myself a small writing desk but I rarely use it; I am much more comfortable propped up in bed with my MacBook in my lap and my dog curled up on the blanket beside me. Whatever works, right?

Susan Carlisle - May 10, 2012 - 9:06 am

I always love is other peoples’work space. We all have to find a place to work and use it. Thanks for joining us.

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